During her speech at the opening of British Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II did not mention that U.S. President Donald Trump will make a state visit to Britain, but according to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, he will.
In keeping with her tradition of mentioning the upcoming visits of foreign dignitaries, the Queen did say that Spain’s King Felipe is expected in London next month, but she didn’t talk about Trump, who was unceremoniously uninvited by London Mayor Sadiq Khan after being offended by one of Trump’s tweets about his reaction to recent terror attacks in his city.
The press has been speculating all week about whether or not Trump will take this trip, but according to Johnson, the reason the Queen didn’t talk about it in her speech was only because the date of his visit has not yet been scheduled.
“There’s a difference between the status of the Spanish state visit and the visit of President Trump,” Johnson explained. “That’s because we haven’t yet agreed a date with the White House. That was pushed back as a result of the election. The formality is that you cannot put the presidential visit in [the Queen’s Speech] until the date has been agreed. But the visit will go ahead.”
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